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BeSpatial 2023

AGM and Expo - May 2 & 3 | Virtual Event 

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Shanon Kalra-Ramjoo from the City of Vaughan will give this year's opening address.

Shanon Kalra-Ramjoo, Director of Business Excellence and Operational Performance at the City of Vaughan, is a self-described mover and shaker. Her leadership journey spans across two decades in provincial and local levels of government, the non-profit sector, academia and also in various public service areas. Shanon will provide insight into developing skills beyond your job, to create passion and build a career that excites and motivates you. She will share strategies that you can use, to continuously find opportunities to learn, build new networks, align resources and transform your team's service delivery. 

Click on the Speaker lineup  tab above to learn more about the Program.

Lesley MacKenzie, Director of Professional Services at Consortech is the opening day speaker on, May 3

Moving geo-data processing to the cloud: Common questions and answers

Learn more about the latest trends and options to use the cloud as platform for geo-date processing

These past couple of years, we have been asked the same questions by many clients: should we move our data processes to the cloud? Or, we are moving our infrastructure to the cloud, how do we move our data processing there as well? The adoption of cloud has been increasing in the past years as clients look for more scalable infrastructure. Even applications themselves are moving to the cloud, offered more and more as SaaS. With so many options and possibilities and scenarios, these are questions that raise multiple considerations, especially around how to shift those data processes to the cloud. 

In this presentation, you will hear about the latest trends and some ways to use the Cloud as a platform for geo-data processes. We will look at different options and scenarios we have assessed for clients over the past few years and present some of the questions and considerations you may have.
•    What are the benefits and limitations currently available?
•    How will my current processes be impacted?
•    How does this impact how I implement data processing?


BeSpatial Ontario Announces BeSpatial 2023

As we start to actively plan and look forward to our 2023 AGM, we thought it might be appropriate to point out some of the highlights from BeSpatial’22.

By the feedback we received from our post-event survey, the past AGM was a resounding success. We hosted over 250 attendees, which is a fantastic turnout; the program featured a mix of business, technical and management sessions, with industry sessions and a workshop on Day 2; we were honoured to have Nora Young, host of CBC’s Spark, deliver the keynote, and thrilled to acknowledge our award winners and those folks lucky enough to win the prize draws.

A key component of the success was the support of our sponsors and exhibitors, without whom it would be difficult, if not impossible, to stage the event. They made themselves available for visits in the exhibit “area”, and delivered some fascinating industry sessions on latest trends in the Geospatial domain.

Some of these noteworthy highlights have been captured in the slide show below.

BeSpatial’23 will once again be a virtual event with the theme of BeCreative, taking place on May 2-3, 2023,  but we plan to supplement this with in-person regional events over the coming year. Please consider how you can help contribute to making BeSpatial’23, the premier geospatial and information community event in Ontario, another grand success.

You can BeInvolved by becoming a sponsor, exhibitor or volunteer, submit a presentation or a project for consideration in our Best Challenge Awards or the MApps challenge, or simply gather with your colleagues to attend. We’re all striving to ensure it will be time well spent.

Watch for upcoming announcements with more details. We look forward to seeing you in May.

Peter Hettstedt,  President, BeSpatial Ontario

Details on this year's keynote are coming soon!

A look back at BeSpatial 2022

Thank you to our Annual & Event Sponsors


2023 Best Challenge Awards 

Winners will be announced in May on Day1

BeSpatial - The Geospatial and Information Community recognizes you for your hard work, creativity and dedication and thanks all who have entered s submission to this annual opportunity for one of our BCAs - Best Challenge Awards. The BeSpatial 2023 recipients will be announced during the AWARDS ceremony on May 2, 2023.

For past winners, please visit our Awards and Recognition Page

Nathan Adams Student Bursary Award

The BeSpatial Student Bursary is an annual award that recognizes the contributions of students studying at Ontario post-secondary institutions to the geospatial and information community. This is a great opportunity for students to get name recognition and begin participating in community events.

To be eligible for this award, students must be currently enrolled in a certificate, diploma, post-graduate diploma, undergraduate, or graduate studies program in Ontario.

Broad topics for consideration can include the application of GIS in the following areas: Education, Geomatics Engineering, Environment, Natural Resources, Public Safety, Transportation, Facility and Asset Management, Business, and Analytics.

For more information Click Here.

Deadline for Submission: April 2, 2023

Spotlight This Month

MApps (Maps and Applications) People's Choice Award & Gallery

You've worked hard to create a map or application for your organization and now is your chance to show it off to other GIS professionals and colleagues from around the Province at BeSpatial AGM! You have the opportunity to show off your best traditional Map design or create a layout to display your latest Web Application.

 Additional Details

Submissions Open until April 14th, 2023

Submit MApps gallery entry

Participating Geospatial and Information Community organizations are a cross-section of public, private and educational sectors.

Not a member? Join us

Geospatial has a strong future. Your participation is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase how your organization has been dealing with business challenges by using the location of anything, which is increasingly becoming everything.

The BeSpatial 2023 virtual conference provides an opportunity for geospatial professionals to showcase their achievements, best practices and challenges preparing for and adapting to the predicted and unpredicted changes in future. 

The presentation speakers will help your fellow geospatial community members and other participants to look into the glimpses of the geospatial future including creative strategies, geospatial intelligence, technological trends, legal issues, open data and stewardship.

Our 2-days conference is designed to help geospatial and information professionals to:

  • power their business by turning data into knowledge
  • develop geospatial data and technology mindset
  • determine how to optimize business results by implementing location intelligence
  • prepare for the next wave of geospatial technologies
  • find out what new developments will influence the digital transformation
  • prepare for a new type of jobs which will require new skills and a high degree of adaptability

About us: A geospatial and information-focused association that is recognized as the premier non-profit organization for the community in Ontario promoting information sharing and interoperability with other relevant professional organizations, government organizations, private industry and educational institutions. Register for BeSpatial May 4th and 5th


We would love to hear from you. Please e-mail: BeSpatial with any questions! 

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Network online with your GIS community

Network in a virtual format to collaborate with your peers.

Experience the Expo and BeSpatial Showcase online

Browse the sponsors and exhibitors through our virtual format. Interact with exhibitors and displays to win prizes

Interact with the online Map Gallery

Look through the best maps and apps submitted by other attendees. See what you can do with smart maps and the art of cartography. Cast your votes for the MApps awards.

Learn in virtual sessions and workshops

Held over two mornings - 4 hours of program sessions followed by  afternoon workshops, a YPN session and other networking opportunities.

Frequently asked questions about registration

Will I receive confirmation of my registration?

Once you submit your registration, you will receive an email confirming that it has been received. If we are unable to confirm the information provided, we will reach out to you. Additional information about the event, such as the schedule and how to access the conference, will follow.

About us

We are recognized as the premier geospatial and information non-profit organization in Ontario. where members share their experiences through networking and program events for the use and integration of spatial data, information, applications and technologies that provide solutions and solve challenges in both the public and private sectors.

Become a Member

Show your commitment to the Geospatial Community by joining us. Be part of a dynamic geospatial and information community whose mandate is to advance the effective application of spatial and information to enable business services and decision making.  


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